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Becket Primary School

Curriculum at Becket Primary School

Intent

At Becket Primary School we cherish and celebrate the starting points of all children and provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is inclusive, enjoyable, inspiring and challenging for all of our pupils. Our curriculum has been developed with the 2014 National Curriculum as its starting point. 

By the time our pupils leave the school, we aim to ensure that they have achieved their potential to thrive in a changing world by developing and mastering key skills, attitudes and knowledge across a range of subjects. Their learning should be interconnected and personal and social skills are nurtured as key drivers so that pupils thrive as resilient, responsible learners. 

We aim to enhance the knowledge and skills the pupils develop by providing a variety of opportunities, including outdoor learning which introduce new ideas and experiences. 

Our aim is that through our curriculum, our pupils will make a successful transition to the next phase of their education and adopt the British values necessary for them to aspire to making a positive contribution to a diverse, multi-cultural society. 

Implementation

Our curriculum model is of a spiral, starting with prior learning and building skills and knowledge in a logical sequence, with clear outcomes or end points to be achieved at the end of topics, year groups and the key stage Big Question topics bring areas of learning together so that the children make natural connections. We endeavour to maximise opportunities to learn from different environments including Forest School and the use of our City Centre locality. Our multicultural, diverse school is an ideal opportunity for pupils to learn first-hand from each other about different faiths and the well-being of our pupils and their personal and social development underpins our curriculum using the ‘Thrive’ strategy. 

Children working in Reception and Nursery are following the Early Years Curriculum 2021. Early years (under 5s) foundation stage framework (EYFS) - Publications - GOV.UK

English, Maths and Science are taught as discrete subjects and where possible cross curricular links are made to ensure application of skills. Consistency of approach is evident in English as ‘Twinkl Phonics’, ‘Read, Write inc spelling’ ‘Talk for writing’ ‘Rainbow Grammar’ and reading comprehension strategies are taught throughout the school. Maths is taught through the Mastery approach using the White Rose scheme of work and resources. All of these strategies ensure progression of skills in the core subjects.  Please follow this link to see what your child will be learning in their year group National curriculum - GOV.UK 

For all other foundation subjects we follow the 2014 National Curriculum which in our school is organised into topics with the intent that the children make connections across subjects whilst they are learning. These topics are currently planned into a two year cycle, where connections are made between the different subjects that are being taught. The children also be practise, develop and apply their reading, writing and maths skills across all of their topics.

 

Our topics are currently planned in phases  (a new curriculum implementation will be introduced in September 2022) - Foundation Stage, Year 1 + 2, Year 3 + 4 and Year 5 + 6. There are topic overviews planned which include a differentiation of skills, knowledge and understanding for each year group for each subject in the areas of learning. For each topic there is a detailed sequence of lessons being developed for each subject area covered. Some of our topics will last for one full term, some will be shorter units of work.  

The personal and social education of our children is the driver which underpins our curriculum as a result the Thrive strategy is incorporated across the school. 

The school follows the Derbyshire Agreed R.E syllabus 2020 - 2025. The principal aim of R.E is to enable pupils to participate in ongoing search for wisdom, through exploring questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development. The children will be learning about the main religions of the world including those represented in our community.  

Impact

 

Our school’s vision and values drive the curriculum to ensure that our children are prepared for the future and able to succeed in life long term. They are tolerant, caring individuals with a strong moral conscience who are resilient to the influence of others and make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community and wider world. Through exciting curriculum design, pupils acquire a deep body of learning over time and make interconnected links to their prior knowledge. We want our children to leave Becket Primary School as well rounded individuals, who are ready to take on the challenges of their next chapters in education and life. As a diverse and multi-cultural school community, we believe our children possess unique talents, skills and qualities. As such, they have the right to succeed, the right to recognise their own greatness and the right to develop who they are in a respectful and nurturing environment.

We use rigorous triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. Alongside senior leadership, middle leadership and core subject leaders monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development. Our whole school team strengthen our ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our curriculum and share outcomes driving forward next steps.